• September 18, 2020

    As a reminder, the deadline for districts to submit corrections for College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR) data for 2018-19 annual graduates plus 2018-19 non-graduating 12th graders via the CCMR Verifier is 5:00 p.m. CDT October 1st.

    If the district does not find any discrepancies or wish to request changes, no action is required.

    If discrepancies are found, districts must request changes with supporting documentation via the CCMR Verifier within the TEAL Accountability application.

    Please note, CCMR indicators determined by TSDS PEIMS submissions are not eligible for corrections, and therefore, are not shown. For more information, please view our one-pager or the CCMR Verifier Demonstration.

    If you have questions, please contact us at (512) 463-9704 or performance.reporting@tea.texas.gov. 

  • September 11, 2020

    A–F Accountability

    As a reminder, due to circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, all districts and campuses received a label of Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster for 2020 academic accountability. Therefore, 2020 ratings cannot be appealed.

    Local Accountability System

    Due to COVID-19-related uncertainty about school schedules, the local accountability team is adopting a flexible approach to district development of a local accountability plan. The Local Accountability Guide provides information about plan requirement and example components.

    Districts wishing to learn more about the local accountability system and how to develop a district local accountability plan can participant in an hour-long overview webinar with time for Q & A.

    Registration links are available for remaining webinar dates in September. Registration links for dates in October will be available soon.

    Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 2 pm

    Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 3 pm

    Please contact the local accountability system team at LAS@tea.texas.gov for additional information or to set up a virtual meeting to discuss specifics related to your district.

    Local Accountability website: https://tea.texas.gov/texas-schools/accountability/academic-accountability/local-accountability-system

  • September 4, 2020

    College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR) Verifier Update

    Please note that the original release of the CCMR Verifier did not include credit for students who qualified for but rejected three or more hours of college credit through the OnRamps program.

    As of today, the 2020 Preliminary CCMR Student Listing (Excel) within the Verifier application has been updated to accurately reflect credit for these students. Due to technical complexities, the student selection screen will not be updated. Districts should verify the OnRamps data provided in the 2020 Preliminary CCMR Student Listing (Excel). If additional updates are needed, districts should use the Verifier to submit a change request.

     

    CCMR Tracker Update

    The original release of the CCMR Tracker also did not include credit for students who qualified for but rejected three or more hours of college credit through the OnRamps program. Performance Reporting staff is working to update the application and anticipate that it will be ready for redeployment next week. Please look for an update in next week’s bulletin.

     

    Snapshot Now Available

    Snapshot 2019: School District Profiles is now available on the TEA website at http://tea.texas.gov/perfreport/snapshot/index.html.

    Snapshot profiles public education in Texas, at both the state and district levels, and includes almost 100 separate data elements to either browse or download. Snapshot also combines the data into summary tables based on specific characteristics, and its peer-search function allows a user to group districts according to shared characteristics.

  • August 28, 2020

    Data reported within the time periods below are included in 2020 College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR) as reflected in the CCMR Verifier for school year 2018­–19 annual graduates. While all districts and campuses earned a Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster label for 2020 accountability, 2020 CCMR data will be used to determine CCMR Outcomes Bonuses and will be reported in the 2019–20 Texas Academic Performance Report. Additionally, this data could potentially be used in future accountability cycles if a district or campus requires small numbers analysis or if the CCMR methodology is revised to evaluate multiple years of data due to COVID-19.

    As a reminder, the CCMR Tracker includes students who were in grades 9–12 during school year 2019–20. Indicators are credited if earned within date ranges provided below for students beginning with grade 9 enrollment. TSI assessments are the only CCMR indicator that may be earned prior to grade 9. Indicators reported upon graduation (U.S. Armed Forces enlistment, IEP and workforce readiness graduates, and special education graduate with advanced graduation plan) do not appear in the Tracker.

    Indicator

    Data Reported For

    ACT college admissions test

    Tests as of July 2019 administration

    (2018–19, 2017–18, 2016–17, and 2015–16 school years)

    AP examination

    Tests as of May 2019 administration

    (2018–19, 2017–18, 2016–17, and 2015–16 school years)

    IB examination

    Tests as of May 2019 administration

    (2018–19, 2017–18, 2016–17, and 2015–16 school years)

    TSI assessment

    Tests from June 2011 to October 2019 administration

    SAT college admissions test

    Tests as of June 2019 administration

    (2018–19, 2017–18, 2016–17, and 2015–16 school years)

    OnRamps dual enrollment course completion

    Courses completed during the

    2018–19, 2017–18, 2016–17, and 2015–16 school years

    Level I and Level II certificates

    Certificates earned during the

    2018–19, 2017–18, 2016– 17, and 2015–16 school years

    Dual credit course completion

    Courses completed during the 2018–19, 2017–18, 2016–17, and 2015–16 school years

    U.S. Armed Forces enlistment

    Enlistment by the 2019 TSDS PEIMS fall snapshot date

    Industry-based certification

    Certifications earned by August 31, 2019

    Complete a CTE coherent sequence + course aligned with certification

    Courses completed during the 2018–19, 2017–18, 2016–17, and 2015–16 school years

    Associates degree

    Degrees earned prior to 2019 graduation

    College prep course

    Courses completed during the 2018–19, 2017–18, 2016–17, and 2015–16 school years

    IEP and workforce readiness graduates

    Graduation programs completed by 2019 graduation

    Special education graduate with advanced graduation plan

    Graduation programs completed by 2019 graduation

     

  • August 21, 2020

    Performance Reporting released the following products this week.

    Product

    Description

    Location

    College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR) Verifier

    Corrections system within the TEA Login (TEAL) Accountability application containing a list of 2018–19 annual graduates plus non-graduating 12th graders and CCMR outcomes.

    Districts have through October 1 to electronically submit documentation for updates to student records. Click here for additional information.

    TEAL Accountability

    CCMR Tracker

    Tracking tool within the TEAL Accountability application that provides districts with an early preview of CCMR status for students who were in grades 9–12 during school year 2019–20. Outcomes provided are as of the 2018–19 school year. This is lagging data.

    No corrections will be submitted to TEA; this report is for informational purposes only. If districts find errors, they are encouraged to work with testing vendors to make corrections prior to the student’s graduation. Click here for additional information.

    TEAL Accountability

    Postsecondary Outcomes Report

    Report showing postsecondary outcomes, including the percentage of graduates who earned any two-year or four-year degree, a Level I or Level II certificate, or an industry-based certification for districts and campuses with 2011 graduates.

    TXschools.gov

     

    Please note that while previous communications indicated that the Public Education Grant (PEG) List

    Please note that while previous communications indicated that the Public Education Grant (PEG) List would be released on August 14th, to reduce unnecessary communication to districts, the official release will be pushed to later this fall. As stated in the 2020 Accountability Manual, “…because ratings were not issued in 2020, the campuses identified for PEG based on 2019 ratings will remain on the 2021–22 PEG List.”

  • August 14, 2020

    Valuable new features and updated data elements are now available on TXschools.gov. This year, given the impact of COVID-19, all districts and schools received an accountability label of Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster. Accountability labels and data shown on TXschools.gov reflect prior year(s) accountability outcomes; however, finance and profile data were updated to reflect the most current information.

    What is new?

    • Map Filtering Options: The school map search features new filtering options that allow users to refine their school search to specific characteristics. Users can filter by
    • Academic Programs (to learn more, click here);
    • School Enrollment Type (to learn more, click here);
    • School Type (to learn more, click here);
    • School Designations (to learn more, click here); and
    • School Ratings.
    • Online/Virtual Schools: Users can search for Online/Virtual Schools (Texas Virtual School Network) using the map search feature. These public schools are TEA-accredited, free, full-time online schools serving eligible Texas public school students in grades 3–12. To learn more, click here.
    • Homepage Redesign: The TXschools.gov homepage has a new look. Users can search for a school using their address or current location or by school or district name. Also, the TexasAssessment.gov site can now be accessed from any page on the site.
    • Postsecondary Outcomes Report: Users can access the new Postsecondary Outcomes report for any school or district with graduation data. The Postsecondary Outcomes report shows the percentage of graduates who earned a two-year or four-year degree, a Level I or Level II certificate, or an industry-based certification up to five years after high school graduation.
    • Profile Page Information: The school Profile page includes select academic program offerings and school designations.

    What else is coming?

    • Spanish TXschools.gov Site: Users will be able to access TXschools.gov in Spanish by clicking the “Español” button in the top right of any page (coming August 31, 2020).
    • Texas Academic Performance Reports (TAPR) Links: Links to the HTML version of TAPR will be updated with available 2020 data elements on a rolling basis as they are released on the TEA website (coming fall 2020).
    • Purple Star School Designation: Schools earning a Purple Star designation will be added to the school map search filtering capabilities. To learn more, click here (coming October 2020).
    • Analyze Tool: The Analyze Tool will be updated to reflect the most current finance data (coming August 31, 2020).

    Be sure to check out these exciting new features and send any questions or comments to performance.reporting@tea.texas.gov.

  • August 7, 2020

    Performance Reporting staff met with the Accountability Technical Advisory and the Accountability Policy Advisory Committees on July 20th and 21st to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on 2021 accountability. To view meeting materials and summaries, please visit the 2021 Accountability Development Materials webpage

    The committees will reconvene in October to review the beginning of the school year and continue 2021 accountability development. 

  • July 31, 2020

    Accelerated Testers Waiver

    In May 2020, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) requested a waiver of the ESEA, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), to broaden the advanced mathematics exception to include all middle school students administered the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) end-of-course (EOC) assessments in mathematics, reading/language arts, and science. The U.S. Department of Education (USDE) approved this waiver request on July 20, 2020 eliminating the need for double testing.

    Beginning in the 2020–21 school year, a middle school student, who is completing instruction in a high school course that has a corresponding EOC assessment, will be administered the corresponding EOC assessment (not the grade-level assessment). The STAAR EOC assessment may be used to fulfill the student’s graduation requirement and will be used for the campus’ and district’s accountability calculations. This waiver aligns assessment requirements with students’ instruction, where possible. As required now, students who have completed STAAR EOC assessments while in middle school must take either the ACT or the SAT once in high school to fulfill federal testing requirements.

    For example, a grade 8 student who receives instruction in Algebra I would take the Algebra I EOC and either a mathematics SAT or ACT in high school. A grade 7 student who receives instruction in Algebra I would take the Algebra I EOC in grade 7, the mathematics STAAR in grade 8, and either a mathematics SAT or ACT in high school.

    A copy of the waiver request and USDE response are available on the TEA website at https://tea.texas.gov/about_tea/laws_and_rules/essa/every_student_succeeds_act/.

    Student Success Initiative (SSI)

    Due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the governor and the commissioner of education waived the requirements regarding grade promotion for students in fifth and eighth grade for the 2020–21 school year. School districts and open-enrollment charter schools are not required to apply for a waiver of these SSI requirements. 

    Students enrolled in grades 5 and 8 are still required to take the appropriate STAAR assessments once. Regardless of their score, retest opportunities will not be provided. Districts will have local discretion on whether these students should advance to the next grade, just like students in grades 3, 4, 6, and 7. These decisions should be based on local criteria that reflect a student’s academic achievement and mastery of subject matter, and should include STAAR assessment results, along with other relevant information. Districts are still responsible for providing accelerated instruction and supports for students that fail to perform satisfactorily on STAAR. Furthermore, although students in grades 5 and 8 will not be retained solely on the basis of STAAR results, school districts and open-enrollment charter schools will remain accountable for student performance. 

    As a part of this waiver, there will only be one administration of the STAAR grades 5 and 8 mathematics and reading assessments for the 2020–21 school year. This administration will be in May to coincide with the administration of other STAAR grades 3–8 assessments. The 2020–2021 testing calendar has been updated to reflect these changes. 

  • July 24, 2020

    2020 Accountability Manual

    The administrative rule adoption process for Chapters 1–11 of the 2020 Accountability Manual is complete; the final versions are available at http://tea.texas.gov/2020accountabilitymanual.aspx. Also, because appendices for 2020 were irrelevant this year, they will not be posted.

    The 2020 Accountability Manual describes the 2020 accountability system and explains how information from various sources would have been used to measure district and campus performance, assign accountability ratings, and award distinction designations. Below is a summary of the changes that were made to the adopted version of Chapters 1–11.

    At adoption, page numbers throughout Chapters 1–11 of the 2020 Accountability Manual were updated. The adopted text also includes the following changes either to provide clarification to readers or in response to public comment.

    Chapter 1 was revised in response to public comment to clarify that due to extraordinary public health and safety circumstances and the closure of schools during the state's testing window inhibiting the ability of the state to accurately measure district and campus performance, the 2020 rating label Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster is issued to all districts and campuses.

    Chapter 2 was not changed.

    Chapter 3 was not changed.

    Chapter 4 was updated in response to public comment to indicate that all districts and campuses are labeled Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster for 2020, and, therefore, TELPAS and TELPAS Alternate results are not evaluated.

    Chapter 5 was revised in response to public comment to clarify that in 2020, all districts and campuses are labeled Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster overall and for each domain and that the remainder of Chapter 5 describes how A-F ratings for overall and domain performance would have been applied to districts and campuses if ratings had been assigned.

    Chapter 6 was not changed.

    Chapter 7 was updated to clarify that the pairing process is not necessary in 2020 because districts and campuses are labeled Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster. Additionally, Chapter 7 was updated to state that the 2020 registration process occurred May 15-June 1, 2020, and that the final list of AEA campuses and AEA charter campuses will be posted on the TEA website in June 2020. Lastly, language was added in response to public comment to clarify that College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR) and graduation rate outcomes are to be assigned to campuses of instruction, not campuses of origin. The types of programs and campuses to which the rule applies was also expanded to include Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools (P-TECHs), schools of choice, academies, and other similar programs.

    Chapter 8 was revised in response to public comment to clarify that while districts and charter schools may appeal for any reason, the accountability system framework limits the likelihood that a single indicator or measure will result in a reduced rating. Chapter 8 was also revised to clarify that due to circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, all districts and campuses are labeled Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster for 2020 and that notwithstanding any other provision of the chapter, the 2020 rating label cannot be appealed.

    Chapter 9 was not changed.

    Chapter 10 was updated to state that notwithstanding any other provision of the chapter, campuses identified for comprehensive support and improvement, targeted support and improvement, and additional targeted support in 2019 maintain that label and interventions for the 2020-21 school year under the provisions on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the ESSA, waiver approved by the U.S. Department of Education on March 30, 2020.

    Chapter 11 was not changed.

    Expanded 2021 Testing Windows

    Due to the impact of the current public health crisis, testing windows for the STAAR 3–8 assessments and STAAR end-of-course assessments have been expanded for the 2020–21 school year. This extension only applies to online testing windows and does not apply to paper administrations. Online testing windows for the 2020–21 school year are as follows:

    • two weeks for the December 2020 STAAR EOC assessments (December 8–18)
    • five weeks for the April 2021 STAAR grades 3-8 and EOC assessments (April 6–May 7)
    • five weeks for the May 2021 STAAR EOC assessments (May 4–June 4)
    • five weeks for the May 2021 STAAR grades 3-8 assessments (May 11–June 11)
    • two weeks for the June 2021 STAAR grades 3-8 and EOC assessments (June 22–July 2)

    More information about 2020–21 testing window extensions is posted at https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/covid/covid19-Online-Testing-Extension-2020-2021.pdf

  • July 17, 2020

    The PDF version of the Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR) is scheduled to be released in the TEA Login (TEAL) Accountability application and on the TEA public website this fall. The comprehensive online TAPR System (HTML version), now in its third year, includes additional indicators that are not published in the PDF TAPR. Most data in the HTML system will be processed and released prior to the PDF, followed by additional updates throughout the fall and winter.

    As a reminder, the TAPR has two forms: an online data system and a scaled back PDF version. The PDF version of the TAPR includes only major data points and is designed to allow districts to fulfill their public notification requirements. TAPR data downloads and a comprehensive glossary will be released in late winter.

  • July 10, 2020

    Performance Reporting Calendar

    Product

    Description

    Release Date

    Schools Identified for Improvement and Support

    List of campuses identified for school improvement for the 2020–21 school year.

    2019–20 campuses carry over with the following caveats:

    ·     “Re-identified” labels are removed. Campuses are labeled as “identified” or “progress.”

    ·     Campuses identified as comprehensive with a 2019 Closing the Gaps scaled score above the bottom five percent (regardless of letter grade) are labeled as “progress.”

    ·     Campuses identified for targeted or additional targeted solely based on the all students group are removed.

    Aug. 17

    College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR) Verifier

    Corrections system within the TEA Login (TEAL) Accountability application containing a list of 2018–19 annual graduates plus non-graduating 12th graders and CCMR outcomes.

    Districts will have through October 1 to electronically submit documentation for updates to student records.

    Aug. 17

    CCMR Tracker

    Tracking tool within the TEAL Accountability application that provides districts with an early preview of CCMR status for students who were in grades 9–12 during the school year 2019–20.

    No corrections will be submitted to TEA; this report is for informational purposes only. If districts find errors, they are encouraged to work with testing vendors to make corrections prior to the student’s graduation.

    Aug. 17

    Public Education Grant (PEG) List

    List of campuses identified for PEG. Campuses identified in 2019 will remain on the 2021–22 PEG List.

    Aug. 17

    Postsecondary Outcomes Report

    Report showing postsecondary outcomes, including the percentage of graduates who earned any two-year or four-year degree, a Level I or Level II certificate, or an industry-based certification.

    Aug. 17

    CCMR Data Table

    Data table detailing CCMR outcomes for 2019 annual graduates with corrections submitted via the CCMR Verifier incorporated.

    Fall

    Graduation Rate Data Table

    Data table detailing 4-year, 5-year, and 6-year graduation rate outcomes.

    Fall

    Additional details and applicable instructions will be provided for each product upon its release.

  • April 17, 2020

    As a reminder, the agency has created the Coronavirus (COVID-19) support and guidance website as the primary source of up-to-date information and answers to frequently asked questions about disruptions caused by COVID-19. Recently, answers to the following questions were made available. 

    • Will state accountability provisions be carried out this year? In recognition of the disruption caused by the COVID-19 emergency, TEA is proposing to label all districts and campuses Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster for the 2019-2020 school year. It is important to note that this rating does not break the chain of consecutive years of unacceptable ratings for purposes of accountability interventions and sanctions. The proposed accountability manual, including this proposal, will be available for public comment beginning May 1 as part of the established accountability manual adoption process.
    • Will any sanctions be carried out in 2020-2021 for districts or campuses who were designated in need of improvement 2019-2020? What about comprehensive campuses? Under the Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster rating, districts and campuses shall continue to implement any previously ordered sanctions and interventions. This rating does not break the chain of consecutive years of unacceptable ratings for purposes of accountability interventions and sanctions. As a result, ordered sanctions and interventions carried out by districts and/or campuses in school year 2019-2020 will carry over and continue for school year 2020-2021.
    • If a campus believes they would have gotten out of F status, can they use other data, such as a benchmark STAAR test, to provide evidence to change their rating? All campuses will receive a Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster rating, and districts and campuses shall continue to implement any previously ordered sanctions and interventions. This rating does not break the chain of consecutive years of unacceptable ratings for purposes of accountability interventions and sanctions. As a result, ordered sanctions and interventions carried out by districts and/or campuses in school year 2019-2020 will carry over and continue for school year 2020-2021.
    • Will College, Career and Military Readiness (CCMR) data be used? CCMR data will be reported only on TEA reports such as Texas Academic Performance Reports (TAPR). It will not be used in ratings calculations for the 2019-2020 school year.
    • Will provisions be made to prevent loss of points in next year's ratings if CCMR points are affected by test cancellations? This has yet to be determined. We have also asked the US Department of Education for guidance on how lagging indicators affected by COVID-19 will impact next year’s accountability.
    • How will the statewide application of Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster to all schools and districts in SY 2019-2020 affect the data used in the calculation of 2020-2021 accountability? Decisions regarding accountability for the 2020-2021 school year have not yet been made. Two advisory groups will have an opportunity to provide input into these decisions: the Accountability Technical Advisory Committee (ATAC), comprised of representatives from school districts and regional education service centers; and the Accountability Policy Advisory Committee (APAC) comprised of representatives from legislative offices, school districts, and the business community. TEA will work with these stakeholders to determine how the accountability system will be affected in 2020-2021.
    • Will 2019-2020 PEIMS Summer Submission records have any effect on 2020-2021 accountability? How any lagging data indicators reported in 2019–2020 will be used in 2020–2021 accountability is to be determined, based on decisions made in consultation with ATAC and APAC, as described above.
    • How will schools that were rated unacceptable or triggered HB1842 during the previous year will be treated in 2020-2021 after the 2019-2020 application of Not Rated: Declared State of DisasterAny ordered sanctions and interventions carried out by districts and/or campuses in school year 2019-2020 will carry over and continue for school year 2020-2021.
  • April 10, 2020

    We’re continuing to monitor the extraordinary circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting effects on school districts. In addition to cancelling STAAR testing for April, May, and June 2020, Governor Greg Abbott has issued Executive Order no. GA-14 that orders public schools to remain closed to students through May 4, 2020.

    On March 30, 2020, TEA received approval from U.S. Department of Education to waive statewide assessment and accountability requirements under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), for the 2019–2020 school year. Additionally, for 2020 state academic accountability, all districts and campuses will receive a label of Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster to recognize that the closure of schools during the state’s testing window inhibited the ability of the state to accurately measure district and campus performance. 

    The state accountability system relies on fair, reliable, and valid assessment results to assign ratings and to identify schools for support and improvement. Performance Reporting has received questions about the impact of COVID-19 related disruptions on future accountability systems. The agency is working internally and with the U.S. Department of Education to identify issues and develop possible solutions. We will also consult with stakeholders as soon as it is feasible to do so.

    As a reminder, the agency has created the Coronavirus (COVID-19) support and guidance website as the primary source of up-to-date information and answers to frequently asked questions about disruptions caused by COVID-19. Questions specific to COVID-19 should be sent to the dedicated email address for all COVID-19 questions—disasterinfo@tea.texas.gov. Using this email, rather than emailing individual departments is the best way to ensure the agency tracks questions and responds in a timely manner.

    Alternative Education Accountability (AEA) Registration

    The 2020 AEA campus registration process for the state academic accountability system has been delayed due to the continued impact of COVID-19 on districts across the state. Tentatively, registration has been rescheduled for late spring. We will continue to monitor COVID-19 developments and will provide districts with an updated timeline for AEA registration soon.

  • April 3, 2020

    ESSA Waiver Approval and 2020 State Accountability Ratings

    The agency received approval from U.S. Department of Education on March 30, 2020, to waive statewide assessment and accountability requirements under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by ESSA, for the 2019–20 school year.

    Additionally, for 2020 state academic accountability, all districts and campuses will receive a label of Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster.

    For additional details, view the To the Administrator Addressed letter.

  • March 27, 2020

    The Texas Education Agency (TEA) continues to work with the Office of the Governor, Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) to coordinate and plan the state’s response to COVID-19. Through statutory authority, Governor Greg Abbott has suspended the administration of STAAR testing scheduled for April, May, and June 2020.  Executive Order no. GA-08 has ordered public schools to remain closed to students through April 3, 2020, unless that period is extended by the governor.

    Statewide school closure and waiving STAAR testing requirements is unprecedented in recent history, and Performance Reporting has received several questions specific to disruptions caused by COVID-19. In order to address questions raised during this rapidly changing situation, the agency has created the Coronavirus (COVID-19) support and guidance website as the primary source of up-to-date information and answers to frequently asked questions about disruptions caused by COVID-19.

    The agency has also created a dedicated email address for all COVID-19 questions—disasterinfo@tea.texas.gov. Using this email, rather than emailing individual departments is be the best way to ensure the agency tracks questions and responds in a timely manner.

    Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Waiver Request

    TEA has asked the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) to waive the assessment and accountability requirements under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), for the 2019–2020 school year. Texas is requesting that for the 2019–2020 school year, federal assessment, accountability, and federal identification of schools for improvement requirements be waived in recognition of the unprecedented impact of COVID-19.

    The approval of this waiver would not break the chain of consecutive years of low performance under section ESSA, 1111(b)(4)(D). To view the complete amendment request, visit https://tea.texas.gov/about-tea/laws-andrules/essa/every-student-succeeds-act.

    All comments on this proposed amendment are due by Tuesday, March 31, 2020, by electronic mail addressed to performance.reporting@tea.texas.gov.

    Alternative Education Accountability (AEA) Registration

    Due to the impact of COVID-19 on districts across the state, the 2020 AEA campus registration process for the state academic accountability system has been rescheduled for April 27 to May 8, 2020. Campuses rated by 2019 AEA provisions are reregistered automatically in 2020, provided that the campus continues to meet enrollment and at-risk criteria as determined by TSDS PEIMS October snapshot data. New this year, campuses that were not registered in 2019 but meet eligibility in 2020 will be automatically registered for AEA by the agency. Districts may choose to remove a campus from evaluation under AEA procedures by submitting an AEA rescission form through the TEA Login (TEAL) Accountability application. Additional instructions for the rescission request will be provided before the AEA window opens.

  • March 6, 2020

    Accountability Development

    Earlier today the 2020 Texas Education Agency Academic Accountability System Framework was posted online at http://tea.texas.gov/2020AccountabilityDevelopment. This document outlines substantive changes to the 2020 accountability system, which were informed by feedback from the public and recommendations from the Accountability Policy Advisory Committee (APAC) and Accountability Technical Advisory Committee (ATAC).

    Key chapters of the 2020 Accountability Manual are expected to be published in the Texas Register for public comment in early May. The entire manual will be available online in late summer.

    For questions about the 2020 accountability system, please contact Performance Reporting at performance.reporting@tea.texas.gov or (512) 463-9704.

    Data Quality Reminder

    Data quality is the cornerstone of a fair and uniform rating determination. In the coming weeks, district and charter schools will receive pre-coded answer documents based on information provided through Texas Student Data System Public Education Information Management System (TSDS PEIMS) or district-provided files. Student identification information and data on answer documents or online testing records must be verified and, if necessary, corrected prior to submitting for scoring. Inaccurate student information may prevent the current test administration data from merging with a student’s permanent record.

    District and campus testing coordinators should refer to the STAAR Assessment Management System User’s Guide for specific instructions on viewing and editing student information before an administration.

  • February 28, 2020

    Waiver Request for Accelerated Students

    The public comment period regarding proposed testing requirements for accelerated students begins today and ends Monday, March 30, 2020, at 5:00 PM (CT). This waiver requests that all middle school students enrolled in a high school level course be exempt from taking the grade level STAAR assessment in addition to the corresponding STAAR EOC assessment; thereby eliminating the double testing burden for accelerated students. The approval of this waiver would not exempt any sixth through eighth grade students enrolled in advanced courses from federal assessment requirements.  It would, however, align the assessment requirements with students’ instruction, where possible.  The proposed amendment would also require high school students who complete state testing requirements prior to grade 9 to take either the ACT or the SAT once to fulfill federal testing requirements. A copy of the waiver request is available on the TEA website at https://tea.texas.gov/about_tea/laws_and_rules/essa/every_student_succeeds_act/.

    All comments on this proposed amendment are accepted via electronic mail addressed to performance.reporting@tea.texas.gov. For additional information, please see the February 20, 2020 To the Administrator Addressed letter.

  • February 21, 2020

    Waiver Request for Accelerated Students

    TEA requested a waiver from select statutes and regulations of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act, to broaden the advanced mathematics exception to include all middle school students administered end-of-course (EOC) assessments in mathematics, language arts, and science. This waiver requests that all middle school students enrolled in a high school level course be exempt from taking the grade level assessment in addition to the EOC assessment; thereby eliminating the double testing burden for accelerated students. As a reminder, the approval of this waiver would not exempt any sixth through eighth grade students enrolled in advanced courses from federal assessment requirements. However, it would align the assessment requirements with students’ instruction, where possible.  A copy of the waiver request is available on the TEA website at https://tea.texas.gov/about_tea/laws_and_rules/essa/every_student_succeeds_act/.

    A proposed amendment to 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC), §101.3011, Implementation and Administration of Academic Content Area Assessment Instruments, will be published in April 2020. The proposed amendment will require, beginning in the 2020–21 school year, all students to be administered appropriate assessments to be used for federal accountability. This requirement includes administering an EOC assessment (not a grade-level assessment) to a middle school student who is completing instruction in the corresponding course. The EOC assessment may be used to fulfill the student’s graduation requirement and will be used for the campus’ and district’s federal accountability calculations. The proposed amendment would also require high school students who complete state testing requirements prior to high school to take once either the ACT or the SAT to fulfill federal testing requirements.  

    Public Comment

    TEA is accepting comments regarding this waiver request via email to performance.reporting@tea.texas.gov. The public comment period begins Friday, February 28, 2020, and ends Monday, March 30, 2020, at 5:00 PM (CT). Note that TEA will not respond to individual comments but will incorporate the comments as it is finalizing the waiver request before submission to the U.S. Department of Education.

  • February 14, 2020

    Rescore Requests

    In order to be considered for 2020 accountability calculations, all STAAR rescore requests must be made on or before June 19, 2020. A rescore deadline for TELPAS requests will also be established this spring and will be shared. The outcomes of these requests will be included in the final CAF and used to calculate preliminary ratings. Rescore requests submitted after the deadlines will not be considered during the appeals process.

    Alternative Education Accountability (AEA) Registration

    The 2020 AEA campus registration process for the state academic accountability system opens March 30 and closes April 10, 2020. Campuses rated by 2019 AEA provisions are re-registered automatically in 2020, provided that the campus continues to meet enrollment and at-risk criteria as determined by TSDS PEIMS October snapshot data. New this year, campuses that were not registered in 2019 but meet eligibility in 2020 will be automatically registered for AEA by the agency. Districts may choose to remove a campus from evaluation under AEA procedures by submitting an AEA rescission form through the TEA Login (TEAL) Accountability application. Additional instructions for the rescission request will be provided before the AEA window opens.

    Pairing

    All campuses serving prekindergarten (PK) through grade 12 must receive an accountability rating. Campuses that do not serve any grade level for which STAAR assessments are administered are paired with another campus in the same district for accountability purposes. A campus may pair with its district and be evaluated on the district’s results.

    Charter school campuses and AECs registered for evaluation by AEA provisions are not paired with another campus. Likewise, traditional campuses may not be paired with AECs. Districts may use the prior-year pairing relationship or select a new relationship. If a district does not indicate a pairing preference, pairing decisions will be made by TEA. The pairing registration window in TEAL Accountability will be April 27 through May 8, 2020.